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UDHHSOCA - BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (Top-up)

Course Specification

Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science
Total credits for course 120
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Social Professions
Subject Area Health, Social Care and Early Childhood
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 1 YEARS 2 YEARS
Part-time 2 YEARS 4 YEARS
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About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The teaching and learning strategies applied in BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care [Top-up] degree aim to stimulate the student’s interest, skills and knowledge in Health and Social Care, providing intellectual challenge at BSc level with the overall aim of ensuring that students are fully prepared for employment in the health and social care sector. The use of Weblearn and the University’s blended learning approach is well received by students and will be further strengthened. For instance highly interactive academic content is provided on Weblearn for all modules on the programme; online seminars and video content are used on current undergraduate Health modules to wide approval from students.

The programme provides an underpinning theoretical foundation and thinking skills are developed through complementary activities including case studies, workshops, seminars, tutorials, assignments and practice based learning. The course is designed with a strong emphasis on employability. A commitment to equality, diversity, social justice and advocacy is theme which is central to this programme.

The teaching team includes experts from the health and social care professions and elsewhere. Students are expected to complement formal teaching with self-directed reading and completion of specified assignments and reflection. Students are encouraged to use all open spaces of study available to them.

The course will also promote the student’s self-management and a reflective approach to their learning with a view to future continued professional development. Teaching and learning is integrated with the assessment within the Faculty learning and teaching strategy. Delivery is through a combination of lectures, practical sessions, seminars, tutorials, case studies and workshops allowing students to be actively involved in the learning process and develop their own learning style. Students will be encouraged to engage meaningfully with personal development planning (PDP) through the curriculum, to enable them to reflect on, plan and review their own personal and health and social care skills.

Students will also be given opportunities to use appropriate resources and technology available both within and outside the institution.

Course aims

The BSc Hons Health and Social Care [Top-up] programme is a broad applied social science-oriented degree for people intending to work in health and social care. The course aims to provide a comprehensive, comparative approach to health and social care provision. It aims to cover all key aspects including public health, health promotion, policy and ethical aspects of care. A clear focus of this programme is developing students’ ability to use evidence to inform their decisions and understanding of critical issues in health and social care and ways of dealing with them. The course aims to equip students with skills for entry-level and intermediate level health and social care employment.

Course learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on systematic understanding of the key aspects of the knowledge base of Health and Social Care, including a coherent and detailed knowledge of some specialist areas in depth.

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Health and Social Care;

2. devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Health and Social Care;

3. describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Health and Social Care, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;

4. manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Health and Social Care;

5. apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects;

6. critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem;

7. communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;

8. exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts;

9. undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

SH6000 LO 4,8,9
SH6001 LO 2,3,5
SH6053 LO 1,2,3,5
SH6054 LO 1,4,5,6,7
SS6057 LO 2,3
SS6058 LO 2,3
SH6P03 LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Health Studies

Assessment strategy

The BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care [Top-up] degree lends itself to a variety of teaching and learning styles and these are, in turn, reflected in the variety of assessment tools employed throughout the course. Within the general principle of mixed mode assessment can be found a diversity of instruments: seen examinations, short answer papers, practical reports and reviews, case studies, group assessment projects, presentations, essays and health profiles. Transferable skills have been embedded in the learning outcomes of the core modules. They have been mapped to ensure that they are assessed at every level.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad


Modules required for interim awards

SH6P03 Health Project Core

SH6054 Research Methods and Evaluation Skills Core

SH6053 Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care 2 Core

SH6000 Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts Core

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

Reflective learning and developing skills in reflective practice are essential as they help health and social care students develop critical and analytic approaches to their learning, skill development and in the further professional development after qualification. The development of skills in reflective learning and practice are embedded within each module and across the course.

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

Successful completion of this course offers improved career opportunities in health and social care, including social enterprises, journalism, social research and the public services. The programme is also excellent preparation for further research or study.

Career opportunities

This programme is aligned to Skills for Health competencies, the Sector Skills Council for Health for the UK health sector.

Successful completion of this course offers improved career opportunities in the fields of health and social care. This may be within the NHS, voluntary or independent sectors. Our graduates have found careers in mental health and medical rehabilitation, and as support workers in the NHS, housing associations and charity organisations.

This degree programme is also excellent preparation for research or postgraduate study.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have one of the following:

  • 240 credits from a Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation Degree (FdA/ FdSc) or equivalent international qualification in a relevant subject
  • 240 credits from years 1 and 2 of an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc) in a relevant subject at a different institution

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2019/20 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 17 Jun 2019 Last validation date 17 Jun 2019  
JACS codes 100476 (health and social care): 100%
Route code HHSOCA

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SH6000 Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
SH6053 Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care 2 Core 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
SH6054 Research Methods and Evaluation Skills Core 15 NORTH AUT FRI AM
SH6P03 Health Project Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR NA  
SH6001 Urban Health Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
SS6057 Homelessness and Housing Policy Option 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
SS6058 Housing Issues and Housing Solutions Option 15 NORTH SPR THU AM